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April 15, 2015
EAGLES DEFENSIVE end Cedric Thornton signed his 1-year restricted free agent tender yesterday. Thornton, who turns 27 in June, will make $2.356 million this season. The Birds' 2011 draft was a disaster - of the 11 selections, only center Jason Kelce has made a continuing impact. But Thornton, signed as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Arkansas, has been a bright spot. The Eagles still have yet to sign restricted free-agent running back Chris Polk or exclusive rights free agent Jeff Maehl.
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April 15, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles signed starting defensive lineman Cedric Thornton to a one-year deal on Monday, an expected move after the team used a second-round tender on the restricted free agent. By signing the tender, Thornton will make $2.356 million in 2015 and become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. If another team tried signing Thornton to an offer sheet before April 24, the Eagles would have had the chance to match the offer or receive a second-round pick if they passed. Thornton, 26, has started every game for the Eagles since Chip Kelly became the coach in 2013.
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October 23, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson is expected to practice for the first time this year on Monday, a team source confirmed Sunday. The possibility of Patterson's returning to practice was first reported by Comcast SportsNet. Patterson has not formally worked with the Eagles since he underwent brain surgery in January to remove an arteriovenous malformation. The Eagles said as late as June that he would be ready by training camp in late July, but Patterson's surgeon, Robert Spetzler of Phoenix, advised against an early return because he didn't think his skull had healed enough to withstand contact.
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October 9, 2013 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
THE TURNING point of the Eagles' victory at the Giants Sunday probably was Mychal Kendricks' interception of Eli Manning early in the fourth quarter, the play before Nick Foles hit Brent Celek for a touchdown. Kendricks' grab started a flurry of three fourth-quarter Manning picks. If you were watching on TV and saw the replays, you know that the turning point easily could have turned the other way. Though Eagles defensive end Trent Cole said afterward he didn't know what happened, Cole clearly raked a hand across Manning's helmet as the QB let go of the ball, which caromed off the Giants' center and blooped to Kendricks.
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May 6, 2014 | Les Bowen
Second in a series of looks at positions the Eagles might target in the May 8-10 NFL draft: DEFENSIVE LINEMEN What they have: The Eagles have a solid, young, developing trio of d-linemen in Cedric Thornton, Bennie Logan and Fletcher Cox. They could use more size and depth as they continue the transition to the 3-4 base defensive coordinator Bill Davis prefers. They got some good snaps from Vinny Curry last year, miscast in a 3-4 though he might be; a lot of that work came when they presented four-man fronts.
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March 30, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
No longer needed, Eagles fullback Stanley Havili was shipped to the Indianapolis Colts for journeyman defensive end Clifton Geathers on Thursday. With new coach Chip Kelly expected to scrap the traditional fullback from the offense, the Eagles sent Havili to a team that has its share of ex-Birds. Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was director of player personnel in 2011, when the Eagles selected Havili out of Southern Cal with their seventh-round draft pick. Rather than release Havili, the Eagles managed to get another long player for Bill Davis' 3-4 defense.
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December 14, 2012
Here is Paul Domowitch's report card from the Eagles' loss to the Bengals. Click here to enter your grades. We will publish the results in the Daily News. RUSHING OFFENSE: Bryce Brown, who was held to 6 yards on 12 carries by Tampa Bay, had another rough night. He had just 22 yards on 11 carries in the first half with his longest run 6 yards. Late in the third quarter, he lost his fourth fumble of the season, setting up a Cincinnati touchdown. Grade: D PASSING OFFENSE: Riley Cooper caught his third red-zone touchdown of the season in the second quarter.
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October 4, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When all else seemed to go awry in the Eagles locker room last season, veteran defensive tackles Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson tried encouraging Cedric Thornton. They told him the next season would be his chance. Thornton and Fletcher Cox would be a part of the Eagles' future. That future has come, and it has arrived without Jenkins and Patterson. The team moved on from both, releasing them together on Feb. 25, early enough to begin planning their next move. Both eventually signed with the New York Giants and will face the Eagles for the first time Sunday.
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December 6, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's funny how quickly things can change. A month ago, the Eagles offensive line was being called the worst in the league. But after two games in which the running game has flourished and Nick Foles has been sacked only two times, the unit appears to be coming together despite the continued losing. So what changed? The most obvious was the addition of Jake Scott. The veteran right guard, acquired just before the Redskins game last month, has helped steady a group that has now played three games together.
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April 15, 2015
EAGLES DEFENSIVE end Cedric Thornton signed his 1-year restricted free agent tender yesterday. Thornton, who turns 27 in June, will make $2.356 million this season. The Birds' 2011 draft was a disaster - of the 11 selections, only center Jason Kelce has made a continuing impact. But Thornton, signed as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Arkansas, has been a bright spot. The Eagles still have yet to sign restricted free-agent running back Chris Polk or exclusive rights free agent Jeff Maehl.
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April 15, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles signed starting defensive lineman Cedric Thornton to a one-year deal on Monday, an expected move after the team used a second-round tender on the restricted free agent. By signing the tender, Thornton will make $2.356 million in 2015 and become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. If another team tried signing Thornton to an offer sheet before April 24, the Eagles would have had the chance to match the offer or receive a second-round pick if they passed. Thornton, 26, has started every game for the Eagles since Chip Kelly became the coach in 2013.
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January 2, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
WHAT WENT WRONG? Turnovers The Eagles led the NFL with 36 turnovers. Chip Kelly said he has never been part of a team that turned over the ball at that rate. The quarterbacks combined for 27, but the blame could be spread all around - from Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez to trusted veterans LeSean McCoy and Brent Celek. Big plays on defense The Eagles allowed 18 passing plays of 40-plus yards, which was three more than any other NFL team. While cornerback Bradley Fletcher and safety Nate Allen were the prime offenders, defensive coordinator Bill Davis often played a single-high safety scheme that made the Eagles more susceptible to big plays.
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November 28, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - It is not exactly a thankless job, playing defensive end in a 3-4 defense, but it is not exactly a glamour position, either. You spend much of your life trying to tie a rope around some mammoth guard on the other side of the line of scrimmage so that one of the linebackers can make the tackle. In pass-rushing situations, well, most of the sacks go to the guys on the outside while you attempt to crash the pocket and move the quarterback off his spot and into their waiting hands.
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September 30, 2014
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Malcolm Jenkins totaled just six interceptions in five seasons in New Orleans. He recorded his third interception this season on Sunday, giving him a new career high and showing why the Eagles prioritized the safety during the offseason. Jenkins jumped in front of Colin Kaepernick's pass on a third and 3 in the second quarter for the interception, and then he juked through San Francisco's offense for a 53-yard touchdown. When the Eagles signed Jenkins, they craved his versatility.
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August 26, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandon Bair has a side business selling used cars. The Eagles defensive linemen started by finding a 1974 Cadillac Eldorado and identifying an opportunity where others saw junk. He made $700. So Bair could probably relate to the Eagles taking a 29-year-old defensive lineman who has never played in a regular-season game and was discarded by two teams, and turning him into a reserve lineman after one year on the practice squad. The 53-man roster will not be set until Saturday, and the Eagles will have difficult decisions to make on the defensive line.
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August 8, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When the Eagles released the first version of their depth chart earlier this week - what coach Chip Kelly would prefer to call a "seating chart" - the listings for the defensive positions had been scrubbed clean of any reference to an assigned side of the field or to other limited job descriptions. Defensive coordinator Bill Davis has said his players must be able to adjust to whatever the opposing offenses present. His cornerbacks have to be strong enough to play press coverage and fast enough to run with wide receivers, and to switch sides seamlessly.
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May 6, 2014 | Les Bowen
Second in a series of looks at positions the Eagles might target in the May 8-10 NFL draft: DEFENSIVE LINEMEN What they have: The Eagles have a solid, young, developing trio of d-linemen in Cedric Thornton, Bennie Logan and Fletcher Cox. They could use more size and depth as they continue the transition to the 3-4 base defensive coordinator Bill Davis prefers. They got some good snaps from Vinny Curry last year, miscast in a 3-4 though he might be; a lot of that work came when they presented four-man fronts.
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December 12, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Of all the players on defense, Mychal Kendricks had to be the most excited when the Eagles made the switch to a 3-4 scheme. Kendricks played behind an odd-man front in California and said he felt uncomfortable last season playing outside linebacker in a 4-3. At first the Eagles had him lining up on the strong side opposite the tight end, but that just gave the 6-foot, 240-pound rookie one more potential blocker to shed. Realizing the mistake, the Eagles moved Kendricks to the weak side late last season and he improved.
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